People genuinely ask, “do we live in the worst time in human history?” “Has the world grown too much for us to handle?” Different people will debate endlessly on what is the best time in history, but researchers finally have the answer.
Most of us believe that technology and the effort of modernization have affected the world negatively. But the truth of the matter is that our ancestors have had more pressing concerns throughout history.
As it turns out, there never was a “Golden Age,” and a simple look at history can prove it. From the Wild West to Late Antiquity, to The Great Depression, bad things have always happened.
So what was the worst time to be alive in human history? Researchers reveal that the century following the year 536 CE was a miserable time to be alive.
Study author Michael McCormick, a medieval historian at Harvard, said:
“It was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year.”
This era was grim due to a number of extreme weather events that led to widespread famine. Snow fell during the summer in China, and droughts hit Peru. A mysterious fog rolled over Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia. It did not lift.
It was as if the gods had abandoned Europe, China — and much of the land in between.
Byzantine historian Procopius wrote:
“And it came about during this year that a most dread portent took place. For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during the whole year.”
So if you’re feeling down and struggling to cope right now, well, perhaps your worries really are just first-world problems. As shocking as it sounds, the planet earth is not as bad to live in as it was before.
Face Of Jesus Christ Spotted In 1,500-Year-Old Painting Of Abandoned Church
“Those who know the iconography of early Christianity can recognize such an image even from almost nothing.”
A 1,500-year-old wall painting that is believed to be an image of Jesus Christ was found in the ruins of Shivta, an old farming village in the heart of the Negev desert, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Be’er Sheva. Archaeologists have been familiar with the site for almost 150 years, but it's just recently that researchers identified the portrait as the Messiah.
The faint image, which is believed to date from the sixth century A.D., shows a youthful Jesus with short, curly hair. People know the Savior with long, curly hair and a beard, but the faded painting reveals a different picture.
Balangiga Bells Finally Returned To The Philippines More Than A Century After US Clash
After 117 years on international soil, the church bells are finally coming home.
The Balangiga bells are finally coming home after more than a century on US soil. The church bells were taken as war trophies during one of the bloodiest events in Philippine history. However, the US has agreed to return the bells to put an end to a major conflict.
Jose Manuel Romualdez, the Philippine Ambassador to the United States, was at the Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming for the official turnover ceremony. It was conducted by US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. During the ceremony, two of the three Balangiga bells were returned to the Philippines. The third one is still at a US Army museum in South Korea.
Romualdez and Mattis at the turnover ceremony.
Here’s How Ancient Romans Constructed Buildings That Last For Centuries
Find out how the ancient Romans made concrete that can withstand the test of time.
People are still amazed by the beauty of stunning structures like the Pantheon and the Colosseum. But how did the ancient Romans manage to create buildings that can last for several centuries? A group of geologists, archaeologists, and engineers are actually studying the amazing properties of the long-lasting concrete.
The longevity of ancient Roman concrete is made even more astounding by the fact that it is weaker than its modern-day counterpart. Nevertheless, structures built using the ancient concrete are not easily destroyed. Interestingly, the formula's secret is one of nature's most amazing products.
The Romans may have used a secret ingredient to make the Pantheon last forever.